Water flow: 1400cfs@Gorham N.H.
Visibility: 30 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 71 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: early morning or late evening
Best stretch: Berlin NH to Gilead ME
Best access point: Errol dam, Pontook dam, Gorham, Shelburne, Gilead
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Black caddis (Below dams) Alder flies (on upper river) Golden Stoneflies Pale evening duns grey caddis dragon flies Damsel flies
Fish species: Brook, Brown, and rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, and Small-mouth Bass
Fishing season: Year round from Sawmill dam in Berlin to Maine From Berlin points north January 1st to October 15th
Nearest airport: Portland Maine (PMW)
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 4X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Depth Charge Full Sink Fly Line
The Androscoggin River emanates from the outlet of Lake Umbagog in Errol NH. From there the river flows south until it hits the White Mountains in Gorham NH. Here the river takes a southeastern course into Maine. The river's upper stretches from Errol to Berlin consist of a mix of fast rapids, long riffles, and slow water. This water contains rainbow, brook and brown trout. Landlocked salmon can also be found, ...
especially close to the northern dams and smallmouth bass are caught in slower stretches. From Berlin New Hampshire to the Maine border the river is a mix of riffles and dry fly glides. The many mountain streams in this stretch provide spawning habitat for a healthy population of wild rainbow trout. Stocked, wild, and holdover browns, brookies and LL salmon can also be found in this water. Dry flies, nymphs and streamers are all important tools to effectively fish the Andro. The upper river is known for it's Alder fly hatch. For the rest of the season streamers and nymphs are your best bets there. The lower river, from Berlin to Maine has dry fly opportunities nearly year round. When fish are not looking up be sure to experiment with streamers, nymphs and swung emergers. The river ranges from an average of 1200 cfs in it's upper stretches to 2,000 cfs in it's lower reaches. While there are stretches that can be waded floating the river from a driftboat or raft will give you many advantages.
Deep nymphing has been the key to success when the sun is up. A large Stonefly with a San Juan worm and or a smaller mayfly nymph has been working well. Dragon flies are also being taken off the surface. A black or peacock chernobyl ant works well to imitate these bugs. When the fish do rise a big foam stonefly, assorted caddis, or a parachute adams have all seen takes. A Zoo Cougar or bugger stripped through seams and drop offs has also been effective.
The weather pattern seems to be cyclical right now...like last week thunderstorms are possible tomorrow (Friday). From here temps will hover around the low 80's for the next week. Keys to success will be to get out early and hope the rain cools water temps a bit.